Two more high-powered rifles, ammo found in St James

Two more high-powered rifles, ammo found in St James

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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The security forces yesterday said they seized two high-powered assault rifles and 149 rounds of ammunition during an operation in Granville, St James.

“At approximately 3:00 pm, the security forces were conducting search operations in the area when they went to a premises on Gordon Crescent in search of wanted men and illegal guns. A modified M16 rifle with three magazines, one of which was a double-barrelled variant, was found hidden along a fence line adjacent to an open lot at the location. The magazines were subsequently found to contain 149 7.62 rifle rounds,” a news release from Major Basil Jarrett, the Jamaica Defence Force's civil/military cooperation officer, said.

The release stated that the search continued and approximately two hours later, a Kalashnikov rifle and one magazine was found hidden in bushes nearby.

No arrests were made in connection with the seizures and search operations are still under way.

“The security forces continue to make gains in the fight against lawlessness which exists in St James, having already arrested several wanted men and removed a number of weapons from the hands of criminals. This find now brings to four the number of high-powered assault rifles found since the commencement of the state of emergency on January 18,” the release said.

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